Oklahoma Board of Nursing

The mission of the Board of Nursing Oklahoma is to protect public health, safety and welfare by developing, regulating and enforcing state laws and regulations for safe nursing practice.

The board constitutes 11 (eleven) members, which include 6 (six) registered nurses, 3 (three) licensed practical nurses, and 2 (two) public member appointed by the governor for a period of five years and, serving of the public members coincides with the governor office. The officials of the Board are the President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer who are elected annually.

The Board employs an Executive Director for the administration of the agency in accordance with the Oklahoma Statutes, Rules, and directives of the Board, and defines duties for him/her accordingly. The board is statutorily authorized for employing twenty-six full-time office bearers for positions, such as administrative, technical, investigative and case-manager positions. The Board also retains an attorney as the Board’s primary counsel.

The Oklahoma Board of Nursing was created to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare of the Oklahoma citizen by regulating the competency of practices of nurses, registered nursing, practical nursing, or advanced practice nursing in the state. In order to achieve these goals, the Board enacts the regulation for nursing education, nursing practice, nursing licensure and unlicensed assistance certification.

The basic functions of the Board of Nursing Oklahoma include:

  1. Setting standard for nursing educational program that result in a licensure to RN or LPN and, practicing Certification to an advanced unlicensed assistive person. Also included are nursing education surveys, approval, denial or disapproval of programs that do not meet the prescribed standards.
  2. Administer the NCLEX exam for RN and LPN in accordance with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. contract.
  3. Offer services for Licensures and Certificates and License renewal of Licensee.
  4. Issue/renew Certificate of Recognition to Advanced Practice Nurses;
  5. Issue/renew Prescriptive Authority Recognition to Advanced Practice Nurses.
  6. Licensed nurses and advanced unlicensed assistive persons record keeping by following the provisions of the Open Records Act for public inspection of the records.
  7. The Oklahoma Nursing Practice Act and Rules of the Board violation complaint investigation.
  8. Conduct hearings for disciplinary action.
  9. Arrange Peer Assistance Program for nurses for drug abuse or dependency.
  10. Promulgate rules for education and practice essential to protect the public.
  11. Undertake consultation; arrange conferences, forums, studies and research on nursing education and practice.

Board of Nursing Oklahoma Online Services includes:

  • License Registration, Renewal and Verification
  • Change Address
  • About OBN
  • Agency Data
  • Board Info
  • Certification AUA
  • Forms/Applications
  • Guidelines
  • Nursing Practice Act
  • Publications
  • Rules

The Contac details of OBN

Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 N Classen, Ste. 524
OKC, OK   73106
TEL: 405.962.1800 FAX: 405.962.1821
obnwebmaster@nursing.state.ok.us